This is the situation as it stands on Wednesday, November 23:
- Battles continue in eastern Ukraine, where Russia has sent some of the forces it moved after its withdrawal from the southern city of Kherson. Russia is pushing an offensive of its own along a stretch of the front line west of the city of Donetsk, held by its proxies since 2014.
- Russian missiles hit a maternity hospital in the Zaporizhzhia region, killing a baby, Governor Oleksandr Starukh said on the Telegram messaging service.
- Two drones were shot down in the Crimean city of Sevastopol when Russian air defenses were activated, according to the governor.
- Russian shelling hit a humanitarian aid distribution center in Orihiv, a city in southeastern Ukraine, killing a volunteer and wounding two women, the governor said.
- Ukraine’s security service and police raided a 1,000-year-old Orthodox Christian monastery in Kyiv to counter alleged “subversive activities of Russian special services.”
- A bipartisan group of 16 United States Senators has called on the Biden administration to reconsider Ukraine’s request for lethal Gray Eagle drones to fight Russia, based on concerns the drones could be shot down and could escalate the conflict. The Biden administration has so far rejected requests for the Gray Eagle drone.
- Ukraine’s government has vowed to set up shelters to provide heat and water after relentless Russian airstrikes have left its power structure in tatters as temperatures drop and snow falls.
- The head of Ukraine’s national power grid operator, Volodymyr Kudrytsky, said the damage caused to power-generating facilities by Russian missile attacks was “colossal” but dismissed the need to evacuate civilians.
- The Kremlin said no substantial progress had been made towards creating a security zone around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine.
- Ukraine denied a claim by Russia’s state gas company Gazprom that it had withheld gas destined for Moldova and accused Russia of using gas as a political tool to limit supplies to Europe.
- The G7 may announce a price cap for Russia’s oil exports, and the coalition will likely adjust the level several times a year, a senior US Treasury official said.
- Foreign Minister Olaf Scholz said Germany must be ready for the situation in Ukraine to escalate, but his recent trip to China was worth it, if only to explain Germany’s and China’s joint stance against the use of nuclear weapons.
- The disbursement of $4.5 billion in US economic aid to Ukraine will begin in the coming weeks, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said.